I used to feel quite mixed about my giant cycling legs. I asked my coach at one point to design weight lifting workouts that would help me get stronger without making my legs bigger.
I’ve come to really love my cycling legs, and see them as a symbol of my hard work and physical fitness. But there are a lot of cultural factors, some of which are hinted at in this cartoon, that make that difficult. I’ve had this conversation with at least two of my close friends, one of whom is F to M trans* and the other of whom is a cis lady who does Olympic-style power lifting.
Society feels really mixed about muscular women. They’re seen as inherently masculine, somehow. And big still somehow equals fat, even if that’s patently not the case. Oh yeah and shopping for pants is a pain in the ass if you have big legs. That definitely doesn’t help. It’s fun to joke about Kierin-cut jeans, but I’m still annoyed that J. Crew doesn’t carry those ochre yellow matchstick jeans in a size above a 31. Every year I try them on and every year I’m pissed about it. Mostly the fashion industry doesn’t know what to do with us either.
I don’t want to end with some kind of platitude about how you can be beautiful at every size, because as Chelsea Fagan pointed out recently, “the fact that children (especially young girls) are told almost relentlessly that a huge part of their value and personhood lies in their appearance” and prioritizes beauty in women above all other qualities. But I do think it’s good to work towards a level of comfort and acceptance with the body you have as best as you can. If only to be able to live more at peace in your own skin.
And, dudes, it’s generally a good idea to keep your opinions about a woman’s body to yourself. They don’t fucking care if you like it.
Y2K did hapen but instead of computers, humans bugged the fuck out.
And we aint been actin right since.
Have you ever been so sad and frustrated and angry that you lose your appetite for and cannot even cry in grief?
this isnt a video
its an experience
you were right.
Still one of the greatest experiences I have witnessed on the internet
I will never listen to this song the same way again.
The local bus didn’t stop at the Greyhound station, so I had to walk four miles home. I’ve done it before, but I really just wanted a quick $1.50 ride home.
Me, being a nerd, hopped on Twitter and had a conversation with the local transit folks. They were in the wrong, and knew it. They offered to reimburse my cab fare, but I was already half way home.
So I said, let’s make this right; buy me a pizza and a 2L of Coke, and deliver it to my house, and we’ll call it even. A fresh start.
And they Tweeted back, “email us your street address.”
Thanks, Pocono Pony!
82 shot, 14 fatally, in Chicago over July Fourth
July 10, 2014
For 10 minutes, it seemed like the shooting was everywhere in the South Chicago neighborhood.
It started when someone shot and wounded a couple, then two people fired at the shooter, then there was a chase and shots exchanged and a man sitting on a porch was hit. Responding officers kept cutting each other off on their radios as they reported other gunfire in the area late Sunday night and early Monday morning.
Then the heavy equipment rolled in: A helicopter and SUVs packed with lockers of rifles. SWAT teams in green coveralls patrolled the streets with uniformed officers.
It was just one of dozens of shooting scenes across Chicago over the long Fourth of July weekend. In all, at least 82 people were shot, 14 of them fatally, since Thursday afternoon when two woman were shot as they sat outside a two-flat within a block of Garfield Park.
Five of the people were shot by police over 36 hours on Friday and Saturday, including two boys 14 and 16 who were killed when they allegedly refused to drop their guns.
Many of the long weekend’s shootings were on the South Side, clustered in the Englewood, Roseland, Gresham and West Pullman neighborhoods that rank among the most violent in the city.
The victims ranged from the 14-year-boy shot by police in the Old Irving Park neighborhood to a 66-year-old woman grazed in the head as she walked up the steps of her porch on the Far South Side. Most victims were in their late teens and 20s.
Each night of the long holiday weekend, at least a dozen people were shot in the greatest burst of gun violence Chicago has seen this year.
• From Thursday night into Friday, three people were killed and 10 others wounded. An attack outside a West Englewood salon left two men dead and an East Garfield Park shooting took the life of a 21-year-old woman.
• From Friday afternoon into Saturday, 20 people were shot, one fatally. The man who died had been flashing gang signs in a parking lot in the Clearing neighborhood when someone told him to stop. When the man didn’t, he was shot, police said.
• From Saturday night into Sunday morning, four people were killed and another 10 wounded.
• The bloodiest stretch of the weekend was a 13-hour period between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 3:30 a.m. Monday when four people were killed and at least another 26 wounded, many of them in critical condition. And the most chaotic scene was in South Chicago, where three people were wounded during a running gun battle.
The shooting started around 11:20 p.m. Sunday when someone opened fire at two people who just left a store on Exchange Avenue south of 80th Street. A 25-year-old man was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a 19-year-old woman was stabilized at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
While the man was firing, two people on the street shot at him and a chase ensued, with the three exchanging gunfire through a vacant lot west toward Escanaba Avenue, police and neighbors said.
The three didn’t hit each other but a 48-year-old man was caught in the crossfire while sitting on the porch. He was wounded in the ankle and taken to Jackson Park Hospital.
The shooting kicked off an hour of occasional chaos as responding officers kept hearing gunfire, first the exchange between the three, then an apparently unrelated volley of shots a few blocks west on Muskegon Avenue where police found shell casings on a porch.
A 10-1 — a call for an officer in distress — was broadcast across the city because the shots were so close to police.
Officers from across the South Side responded, including tactical teams who had been ordered to wear their uniforms instead of plainclothes for the holiday weekend.
Police were radioing about hearing gunfire all over the neighborhood, and a district lieutenant ordered a perimeter over a three-block-by-four-block area. No one was taken into custody.
As a helicopter circled overhead, someone shot up a house a few blocks south on Exchange Avenue, just outside the perimeter, around midnight. The gunfire was called over the police radio before any 911 calls were received, and officers ran down the street toward where the gunfire came from.
The house that was hit by gunfire, in the 8400 block of South Exchange, was near where a teen had been shot earlier in the day and police had responded to a call of a gang disturbance. A group of gang members had been hanging out outside and someone wanted them removed, police said.
About half an hour later, the neighborhood had finally quieted down. “Release the perimeter,” the lieutenant ordered, though he asked that patrol cars keep a watch on the four crime scenes.
History Repeats Itself: Brazil suffers another heartbreak on home soil
By Zack Goldman
The world’s most decorated football nation waited 64 years to erase a nightmare.
Instead, a worse one came.
It has been said it could never get as bad for Brazil as the Maracanazo, the nation’s famous loss to Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup Final in Rio.
That was carnival recast into funeral, when 400,000 horrified eyes looked on as a haunting blur of sky blue rendered their heavily-favored heroes powerless.
It was the unthinkable happening to the invincible.
It was like watching one’s own home being robbed during a party.
And, while the five World Cup triumphs that followed for the Seleção certainly displaced the prominence of that memory, it would be disingenuous to say that the historical mosaic of futebol in Brazil has altogether discarded that recurring fever dream of so many years ago.
Whether the goalkeeper Barbosa’s infamous blunder — which has long been blamed for the loss — was heard in the stadium or through staticky radio waves or via trembling voices or quivering hands or lines of print on a page years later, it is a story whose legacy lives on and that no Brazilian of any generation since has forgotten.
If anything, the Maracanazo's influence and significance is more alive this year, as the country hosts the World Cup for the first time since 1950, than at any moment in recent history.
Yet, while every Brazilian grew up hearing the legend, the vast majority of the country never knew anything of the taste, the smell, the sight of that kind of disappointment. After all, this is a nation that hadn’t lost a competitive match on home soil since 1975.
Germany 7 - 1 Brazil | July 8, 2014
- Müller (11’)
- Klose (23’)
- Kroos (24’)
- Khedira (29’)
- Schürrle (69’)
- Schürrle (79’)
- Oscar (90’)
The rig needed a wash.
Skyfall | 2012 | dir. Sam Mendes
Atlantis: The Lost Empire | 2001 | dir. Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise